So when Obama didn't call himself a symbol, there was a minor frenzy of recriminations. Never mind that he was almost certainly misquoted - he said several words that could, if reassembled like a jigsaw puzzle, be construed as arrogant.
"If I win this campaign," McCain said, "historians will say, 'He was a genius' " who adapted under pressure.
Was he misquoted? Probably not, but it's possible. The great thing is, thanks to the new rules I don't have to care!